2002 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Unreliable

2002 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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By bellmel5 on


2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


I was very excited when I bought this car last November. It only had 24,000 miles with one owner. When I bought the car the dealership said they installed a brand new battery. After a month or two, the battery would not keep a charge. I had to go buy a battery charger (dealer suggestion) and now have to charge the car every other week or it won't start. The dash electronic system shows that the battery is being charged as I drive like normal. But, it won't hold the charge and drains VERY easily. The dealership won't do anything about it. Won't buy from them again. Normal battery cost $250-300! It has turned out to be a very unreliable car because I never know if it is going to start or not.

Best Features

Gas mileage.

Worst Features

Air-conditioning blows warm air when the car turns over to electric. Unideal in 100 degree weather.
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